Kettle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Viking-Scottish name Kettle is derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Kettle family

The surname Kettle was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.

However, one of the first records of the family was found further south in England where William Ketel ( fl. 1100) was a medieval English writer and clergyman. Little is known of him other than he wrote a work containing miraculous stories about Saint John of Beverley. He is presumed to have been clerk of Beverley Minster at that time.

Early History of the Kettle family

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Kettle Spelling Variations

The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Kettle include Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Kettle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kettle family to Ireland

Some of the Kettle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kettle migration to the United States +

The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Kettle or a variant listed above, including:

Kettle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Kettle, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Edith Kettle, who settled in Nevis in 1653 along with William
  • Hugh Kettle, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Ralph Kettle, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Kettle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wennell Kettle, aged 43, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Peter Kettle, aged 10, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Margarita, Sarah and Wennell Kettle, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Christina Kettle, aged 13, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Johanna Margaretha Kettle, aged 4, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kettle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N G Kettle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Canada Kettle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kettle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Kettle, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 20th August 1847 [2]

Australia Kettle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kettle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Kettle, (b. 1802), aged 13, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Matilda Kettle, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Kettle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kettle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Henry Kettle, aged 18, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mr. Charles Henry Kettle, (b. 1821), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [5]
  • C H Kettle, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1849
  • Mr. Kettle, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand via Nelson and Wellington on 1st March 1852 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kettle (post 1700) +

  • John Kettle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1932 [7]
  • Arthur W. Kettle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1900 [7]
  • Sir Rupert Alfred Kettle (1817-1894), English county court judge
  • Arthur Henry "Digger" Kettle (1922-1999), English footballer
  • Stephen Kettle (b. 1966), British sculptor
  • Andrew J Kettle (1833-1916), Irish nationalist politician, progressive farmer, agrarian agitator and founder member of the Irish Land League
  • Elizabeth Kettle, English character actress
  • Tilly Kettle (1735-1786), portrait painter and the first English painter to work in India
  • Brian Kettle (b. 1956), English former footballer
  • Charles Henry Kettle (1821-1862), English who surveyed the city of Dunedin in New Zealand
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Lawrence Kettle, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]

The Kettle Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Bono vince malum
Motto Translation: Overcome evil with good.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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